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Corpses piled up in the Ghana morgue because the family refused the smaller Covid era burial



It is not uncommon, in some parts of Ghana, for burial ceremonies to last up to seven days, drawing thousands of crowds adorned in flowing red and black robes.

“We are running out of space,” the director of the hospital, Dr. Frank Baning, told CNN at a facility based in the northern part of the Greater Accra region of Ghana.

Since the coronavirus pandemic has stopped large-scale public gatherings, relatives have chosen to keep the bodies of their loved ones in the morgue for longer than usual until they can hold a proper burial.

“It’s been difficult because there aren’t many other mortuaries around to hold corpses,” Baning said.

‘Only if we are forced’

Ghana burials usually last several days and up to a week in some parts. They are a symbolic ceremony involving thousands of mourners to celebrate the life of the deceased.

So it was a bitter pill to swallow for many, when the country’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, imposed a ban on large gatherings.

He offered an alternative: do a private funeral with no more than 25 guests.

Ghana currently has more than 6,486 cases of corona virus and 31 deaths have been confirmed, according to the latest figures from the health ministry. Earlier this month, Akufo-Addo extended the restrictions on public meetings until May 31.
Some families have take this route, but in general, many brothers choose to wait until the ban is lifted to bury their loved ones.

Chris Awuyah, a Ghanaian professor based in the United States, lost his uncle in Ghana due to natural causes in February.

“More than 2,000 people are expected to be present at his funeral,” he told CNN. All that changed when government restrictions prevented funerals from happening according to plan.

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“Most of the funerals are about uniting families. That is important to us,” said Awuyah, whose 87-year-old uncle, Jonas Awuyah, is considered the head of the family.

“We hope we can hold the right burial for him.”

He acknowledged that his family had not yet reached a definitive conclusion about whether to bury his uncle personally or postpone the burial to a later date. But he hinted that he was willing to wait as long as possible until the right burial could be planned.

“The only way we will survive [the funeral] personally is if our hands are tied and we are forced. We are afraid we must make this decision. “

Risk for health workers

Meanwhile, in Pantang, some have expressed concern that the number of corpses in their morgue has created congestion, which poses health risks to workers serving on the front lines.

Thomas Awuku has been working in the Abstinence Hall for 27 years. According to the World Health Organization, there is a risk for those who handle corpses “if the person who died is infected [a] very contagious disease. “

Awuku told CNN that the hospital had taken all the right measurements to ensure the safety of its workers “and would take care of the body we already have as a tribute to the family.”

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Despite the abundance of corpses, hospitals are reluctant to use mass funerals because of this WHO warned that this can have devastating psychological effects and “” traumatizes families and communities. ”

This is part of the reason why the Abstinence Hospital works with families to store corpses for as long as possible, Awuku said.

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The Ghana Health Service did not immediately respond to requests for comment and the country’s health minister declined to comment when contacted by CNN.

Big toll

At Gillman and the Abbey Funeral Service located in Accra, they also saw an increase in the number of corpses stored in their morgue.

Storing bodies there is subject to a daily rate, but fewer families arrange to have the bodies moved.

Administrator Lawrence Apaloo said the pandemic was “truly negative for business.”

“Of course, the longer the body is here, the higher the bill,” he said. “But it is unpredictable to know when the family will come to take the body.”

Other services provided by Gillman and Abbey, such as pall pads, hearse rental, casket sales and site decoration, have stopped completely, he said.

“Everyone is arrested and no one knows when everything will return to normal. This has taken a big toll.”

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September, Holiday Month for the Deaf – Portuguese (Brazil)



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September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.

The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.

Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.

In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.

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On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.


Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.

With information from Ministry of Education.

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again



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The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″



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“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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